Planning underway for Landon Road widening project

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - With even more businesses coming to Landon Road near Highway 49, Gulfport city leaders know the road needs to be widened. Pickering Engineering has been hired to widen the road to four or five lanes from Highway 49 to 34th Avenue.

While Gulfport's Director of Engineering Kris Reiman says the project is about one to two years out from construction, studies and plans are being done. He said the latest traffic study showed about 7,400 cars drive the half of mile stretch of Landon Road every day.

While Reiman said it's very preliminary, he expects the project could cost anywhere from $4 million to $5 million, and he said the county plans to contribute some because part of the road extends into the county.

There's another area of Landon Road that county leaders are concerned about. It's past 34th Avenue near the entrance to Gulf Islands Waterpark. On the westbound lane, the asphalt is uneven. Several cars drive on the wrong side of the road to avoid the bumpy area.

Harrison County Supervisor Kim Savant said fixing that area of Landon Road is a priority, but the work would cost about $250,000. He said right now county supervisors are trying to look into more cost-efficient ways to solve the problem.

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